I was thinking of going to Dallas to watch my Birds play the Cowgals in November, but given all that has been happening in that state, I think that I might have to change my plans.
"Hot on the heels of a cell phone video that got at least one McKinney, Texas officer put on leave over use of improper force, a new video shows Austin police officers tackling an African-American man in the middle of the street, then pepper spraying someone who was filming it.
The incident happened Saturday night on Austin’s admittedly reprobate Sixth Street. In video captured by Los Angeles visitor Jericho Tucker, a horseback cop snatches another man’s cell phone, just before a second officer pepper sprays him.
According to the Austin-American Statesman the department “is aware of this incident and is conducting a review to determine if the officers’ conduct is compliant with our policy.”'
You gotta love those cell phone cameras.
Just imagine all the stuff that went on before they became a staple in our day to day lives.
This latest incident in McKinney just proves how far some of these police departments have to go.
Only someone who has their head in the sand can't see that there are clearly some issues with folks like Eric Casebolt. I suspect that he is the kind of guy that stays up at night, trolls websites, and calls black folks all kinds of n- words while hiding behind the anonymity that the Internet provides.
"Attorney Pete Schulte, who previously served as an officer in the McKinney PD, spoke to Fox 4 News about the video’s indications of racial tension. “McKinney police have got to get this under control before tomorrow,” Schulte stated. “They got to get out there in front of this and make sure that citizens, even outside of the city of McKinney, understand that they’re going to do the right thing and take corrective action and that this was not racially motivated.”
Schulte also discussed Casebolt’s treatment of 15-year-old Dajerria Becton, saying it was “crazy” of him to react to the situation as he did. “I don’t care what she was yelling at that officer,” said Schulte. “Anything would not have justified throwing her to the ground and pushing her down and throwing her face into the concrete like he did.” He also stated that the suggested racism was especially present in the video since officers were not shown confronting any of the white party attendees.
“There is an indication based on watching the video that the white people who were around the officers weren’t talked to, they weren’t pushed away, they weren’t told to get on the ground, they weren’t put in handcuffs. The only individuals McKinney police were doing that to were those that were African-American.”
Casebolt has been suspended since the incident, though the department has received calls since then asking for him to be fired. In a separate interview with ABC News 8, Schulte said that it was not yet definite that Casebolt committed a crime with his actions, but that the department was analyzing the precise extent of his policy violations.
Brandon Brooks, the white teen who filmed the incident, also thinks it was a racial response. “A bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,” he said. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said he was “disturbed and concerned by the incident,” and promised that City Council and the Police would examine the incident with restraint and professionalism."
I will believe it when I see it.